This political season was interesting – to say the least. Regardless of your political persuasion, I think we can all agree that safe, reliable and affordable electricity is important to Central members and our economy. On behalf of the Central Electric Cooperative board of trustees, I would like to express our commitment to you, the member-owners of Central, that we keep your best interest in mind when making decisions on your behalf.
I would also like to point out that our commitment doesn’t stop with the board of trustees, or even Central. No, being part of the electric cooperative network, you are among more than 42 million Americans who can claim ownership in a not-for-profit member-controlled cooperative. That is a pretty impressive network and one that brings value to Central Electric Cooperative members.
You may wonder if anyone is speaking up for electric cooperative members in Washington, the answer to that question is a resounding YES! Because of the cooperative network, electric co-op members are able to pool resources and accomplish more together. This falls within Cooperative Principle #6, Cooperation Among Cooperatives, which states “Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.”
The Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE®) is an example of cooperatives working together on your behalf. ACRE is the political action committee of the nation’s electric cooperatives. For more than 40 years, ACRE has been working to support candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who understand and support electric cooperatives and their member-owners.
Electric cooperative employees and member-owners make up the more than 30,000 ACRE members who form this grassroots network dedicated to the long-term success of the electric cooperative program. Central plans to engage the membership more in 2017 regarding participation in the ACRE Co-op Owners for Political Action® program. Look for more information in the Empowered newsletter and at member meetings. Together we will continue to fight for a viable environment for electric cooperatives and the quality of life of the people and communities’ that cooperatives serve. We hope that you will consider participating in this program.